Delegates at PCS conference took a historic decision to consult the union’s members on supporting trade union candidates in future elections.
The decision reflects the deep disillusion that millions feel with Labour – and the crying need for a political alternative for working people.
Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, told the conference, “There is a crisis in the political system and in parliament.
“We need to discuss the next steps in fighting for a better future for our members and the communities we serve.
“We are an independent trade union, which is not affiliated to any party, and the PCS will remain that way.
“Now is the time to discuss direct intervention in elections, standing trade union candidates and supporting others.
“We are proposing a year of debate and discussion in the union, and if people agree it is a good idea we will have a vote at next year’s conference and then ballot the members on it.
“Who could oppose a postal worker standing against post minister Pat McFadden, who is pushing through the privatisation of Royal Mail?
“Who could oppose a pensioner or vulnerable person standing against James Purnell, the worst social security secretary the country has ever seen?
“If we don’t go down this route the future looks bleak with the political process and the choices remaining the same.
“This can be a beacon of hope.
“Politicians will realise that they can’t just take us for granted and that we will challenge them.
“It is the right thing to do.”